Weather: Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 80s. North winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent. Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy. Showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then a chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the lower 70s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph in the evening, becoming light and variable. Chance of rain 70 percent. Tropical storm watch: Tropical Depression “Seven” is moving toward the Leeward Islands late Friday, then Puerto Rico over the weekend. There is no forecast of it turning into a tropical storm over the next five days.
Today at the Editor’s Glance:
In Court: Drug Court convenes before Circuit Judge Terence Perkins at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse, Kim C. Hammond Justice Center 1769 E Moody Blvd, Bldg 1, Bunnell. Drug Court is open to the public. See the Drug Court handbook here and the participation agreement here.
“Pippin,” at the Daytona Playhouse, directed by Robin Bassett. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. There’s magic to do when a prince learns the true meaning of glory, love, and war in Stephen Schwartz’s iconic and unforgettable musical masterpiece. Pippin is the story of one young man’s journey to be extraordinary. Daytona Playhouse, 100 Jessamine Blvd., Daytona Beach. Call (386) 255-2431. Tickets: Adults $25, Seniors $24, Youth $15.
Friday: The traditional Potato Bowl opposing Matanzas and Flagler palm Coast High School on the gridiron is at 7 p.m.
Notably: It was John Adams, not William Howard Taft, who was known as “His Rotundity,” a description Gore Vidal peddled in this exquisite passage from Burr: “As I was leaving ‘the palace,’ I found myself walking beside Adams– known behind his back as His Rotundity. Round, plump, tactless, with a nose like a parrot’s beak and a cold piercing eye, Adams was an imposing if somewhat comical figure, famed for his gaffes: as president he once told a hostile Republican Congress how honoured [sic.] he had been to be presented to the King of England. He never did understand men, but he was quite at home with their ideas.” William Henry Harrison was rotund, too. But it is William Howard Taft’s birthday today (1857), and no one remembers the old mass and the only president to then become Chief Justice of the United States, or serve on the court at all–where Felix Frankfurter, who was not as kind as he could be accurate, called him “a narrow-minded mediocrity” and a “lazy bones,” where Brandeis called him “a first-rate second-rate mind,” and long before when Teddy Roosevelt had called him a man “who means well feebly.” He weighed 340 pounds.
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Palm Coast Code Enforcement Board Meeting
Separation Chat: Open Discussion
The Circle of Light A Course in Miracles Study Group
Weekly Chess Club for Teens, Ages 9-18, at the Flagler County Public Library
Flagler County Republican Club Meeting
Flagler County Drug Court Convenes
Flagler Beach City Commission Meeting
Palm Coast Democratic Club Meeting
Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series
Uncouth: Open Mic Night
For the full calendar, go here.
“The verdict on Hinckley–not guilty by reason of insanity–is the last reverberation of the shots he fired at the President. The
verdict illustrates three perversities: The most morally indefensible crimes are becoming the most legally defendable. The idea of the
individual is being obliterated in order to maximize the rights of the individual. And the quest for the chimera of perfect justice is
subordinating the social good, including the rule of law, to the quicksilver axioms of a “science” that is long on pretenses and short
on testable assertions.
–From “Ideology Masquerading as Medicine,” a column by George Will, June 24, 1982.
@Today’s rotund mediocrities deserve mention too
Veteran GOP Strategist Takes On Trump — And His Party — In ‘It Was All A Lie’
[…]He notes, “I’ve never heard any Republican officeholder speak of President Trump as if he should be president. … They know he shouldn’t be president. [But] he is president, and they still support him.”
In his new book, It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump, Stevens argues that the party’s support for Trump isn’t just a pragmatic choice. Instead, he says, it reflects the party’s complete abandonment of principles it long claimed to embrace, such as fiscal restraint, personal responsibility and family values.
Stevens acknowledges his own role in the party’s shift: “One of the things that drew me to the Republican Party was the concept of personal responsibility. So I don’t know where to begin with personal responsibility except to take responsibility personally.”[…]